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Leadership Theory Classic Leadership Theory Common Traits of Leaders Booher and Watson refer to classic leadership theory because it describes an approach to understanding leadership that by and large is out of style Nonetheless it is clear that one can learn a great deal by studying the important personal ingredients in the leadership equation Studying the traits of great leaders became unpopular because it was and is associated with the great man theory of leadership This approach was espoused in the 19th and early 20th Centuries and asserted the leadership qualities are largely inherited This was called trait theory Researchers such as Mann and Stodgill found no consistent correlate between particular traits and leadership Later research particularly more recent and more sophisticated work has found a consistent and strong relationship between certain traits and leadership Possessing these core traits simply makes it more likely that a person will take the appropriate action leading to leadership success Overhead 2 The Art of Leadership What is the nature of leadership leadership is an art As with any form of artistic expression painting music leadership is an art form in that it Is an expression of the individual within the social and environmental context Reflects the individuals personality Can be easier to demonstrate and develop when one has a talent for it Can be learned-you may have a talent for it you may not either way anyone can still become an effective leader Is greatly enhanced through a disciplined regimen of learning and feedback Through science we can study the elements of leadership and provide valuable understanding into its nature This enables us to determine where to focus our leadership skills and abilities as well as measure to some extent our effectiveness However the act of leading itself is largely unscientific and is far more akin to practicing an art form than studying scientific
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